verbatimvinylcd.jpgIn the good old days, most of us found new music by listening to the radio. Now, finding new music is easier.

If you are looking for new music that you might like, there are several places on the Internet that will help. You can get a free account at a website like Pandora (www.pandora.com) or Slacker (www.slacker.com). After you sign up for a free account, you simply put in the names of some musicians and/or songs that you like. The websites analyze your tastes based on things like beat and vocal aspects. They thenl suggest and play new songs that you may like. You can purchase the music you hear or just enjoy listening on your computer or any type of digital music player for free.

If you still find music by listening to the radio, you can now install an App called Shazam on your smart phone. When you hear a song you like, just hold your smart phone up to the music and this App will identify the song and the artist and give you a chance to purchase it.

Even better, is a website called  Midomi (www.midomi.com) where you can hum a song and have the website identify it. Of course, Midomi also has Apps available for smartphones if you want to do this while you are waiting at the dentist's office. Don't worry, if I see you humming into your phone, I'll know exactly what you are doing!

If you a true music afficianado, you can also join music groups like Rhapsody (www.rhapsody.com) or Zune (www.zune.com). For a subscription fee of about $10 a month, you can listen to anything you like from their catalogues which contain millions of tracks of music. These services have all genres of music. So whether you like Frank Sinatra or the Smashing Pumpkins, you are sure to find music you like. The music disappears if you cancel your subscription, but if you listen to a lot of music, this can be a great way to get inexpensive music. Depending on their current offerings, you get to keep several of the songs each month.  Also, services like this have vibrant music communities that you can join to discuss music, find new artists, and share your music with friends.

While some of us may still play vinyl records and CDs, the move to digital music is one that is beneficial to everyone. So get out there and download, listen, and dance!